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Traumatic Imprints: Cinema, Military Psychiatry, and the Aftermath of War

Noah Tsika


Forced to contend with unprecedented levels of psychological trauma during World War II, the United States military began sponsoring a series of nontheatrical films designed to educate and even rehabilitate soldiers and civilians alike. Traumatic Imprints examines wartime and postwar debates about, aspirations for, and uses of cinema as a vehicle for studying, publicizing, and even “working through” war trauma.

Keywords: documentary, military, cinema, film, psychiatry, psychology, trauma, war trauma, PTSD

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780520297630
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520297630.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Noah Tsika, author
Queens College, City University of New York